Methylation

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Methylation is a form of alkylation, i.e. the transfer of an alkyl group to another molecule . Methylation is specifically the addition or substition of a methyl group to a molecule. Methyl groups are alkyls made from methane and are carbon atoms attached to 3 hydrogen atoms -CH3 [1]. It can be involved in the expression of genes, as well as protein function regulation and the metabolism of RNA.

References

  1. March's Advanced Organic Chemistry. Michael B. Smith, Jerry March - John Wiley & Sons (2007)
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